February 2018 Newsletter
2018 Pre-Plant Service Inspections
While you can insure some of the risk from bad weather or low crop prices, you can't insure against machine downtime. Castongia Tractor Pre-Planting Inspections can help you maximize performance and minimize machine downtime by identifying issues before they lead to failures in the field.
Click Here to view our Pre-Season Specials or call us today!

Rensselaer: Tim Shide 219.866.5117
DeMotte:   Terry Vanbriggle  219.987.4626
Fowler:  Ben Nesbitt 765.884.0411
Valparaiso: Kerry Rust 219.464.8640
Ag Financing that works as hard as you do
All the best offers, all in one place. Money saving finance offers from national suppliers and your local retailers are at your fingertips . Use your Multi-Use Account to buy now and pay after harvest. Did you know your Multi-Use account provides an additional source of capital, matches your cash flow and helps you get the important things you need to keep your operation moving forward- all season long. Explore the full potential of what it can do by clicking here.
With new Operations Center capabilities... John Deere Operations Center makes it simple to plan your job - from start to finish. From the new Notifications Center, more monitoring tools like Job Monitor - which is now integrated with SeedStar™ Mobile, simplified set-up and editing options, Operations Center has more ways to turn your data into dollars.
Upgrade your machine to a 4G MTG
Now is the time to upgrade to JDLink Connect! Contact your local Castongia Tractor Today! 866-92-CASTRAC.Who doesn't want more of a good thing? Now through March 15, get JDLink™ Connect for $200 per year, per machine. You can also purchase more than one year at a time. Also ask about our 4G MTG upgrades with Free installation.
Spring Parts Catalog
Click here to view the 2018 Spring John Deere Parts Catalog. Sales starts January 15 through February 28.
This month we show the process to convert a field cultivator to Perma Loc Sweeps for quick and easy sweep replacement in the field.
Stihl Exclusive
Never Too Early To Think Spring
Winter Landscaping Tips
Get your property prepped for spring with the STIHL Winter Landscaping Tips. Get tips on trimming trees and shrubs, as well as prepping your garden bed for spring mulch.
February 1-28: Spring Filter Sale (Valparaiso & Crown Point)
February 14-17: National Farm Machinery Shower- Louisville, KY
February 18-25: National FFA Week
February 28: Spring Parts Catalog Sale

March 2: Planter Clinic Fair Oaks Farms
March 5: Commercial Clinic Valparaiso Store (South Building)
March 7: Commercial Clinic Crown Point
March 8: Planter Clinic Valparaiso Store ( South Building)
March 18-24: National Ag Week
March 20: National Ag Day
Break new ground without breaking a sweat.

Spring Tilling Tips
Your tiller will perform best if you adjust it to match the soil conditions. To optimize your tilling, we recommend following ESTER:
  • Evaluate your soil conditions. Is the ground hard, or are you working in loose soil? 
  • Set the tiller according to the conditions. Depending on your model of tiller, you can adjust the depth bar, the tine configuration, throttle, or gear selection.
  • Till the area briefly.
  • Evaluate the tiller’s performance. 
  • Reset the depth bar or other controls as necessary, and continue tilling.
Agronomy Corner
Benefits of Cover Crops

Cover crops can boost your profits the first year you plant them. They can improve your bottom line even more over the years as their soil-improving effects accumulate. Other benefits reducing pollution, erosion and weed and insect pressure may be difficult to quantify or may not appear in your financial statements. Identifying these benefits, however, can help you make sound, long-term decisions for your whole farm.  Click here to continue reading.

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